The truth is, I'm running out of ways to tell you that the Big Ten still hasn't gotten its shit together, but I think this does the trick.
Word of the Day: Chutzpah.
AT LEAST THEY'RE CONSISTENT? The third day on which I earnestly believed we'd get an announcement has come and gone, with the most eventful bit of news turning out to be the addition of the damn president of Nebraska to the chorus of people who have no idea what the hell is taking so long.
And the weird part is, everyone seems to know the decision anyway?
No official word about a Big Ten restart has trickled down to Big Ten coaches. Many programs have been proceeding/planning the past few days for an Oct. 17 start, pending the upcoming vote/decision. There remains a lot of hope and optimism. But no official green light, yet.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 15, 2020
If the Big Ten's "make the decision extremely clear but don't formally tell anybody about it for a couple of days" approach sounds familiar to you, that's because they did the exact same thing a month ago when Kevin Warren told teams to just "go light in practice" instead of, you know, actually making a decision.
Source: Big Ten Presidents remain on the cusp of cancelling the season, but the league isnt ready to announce. The decision is close, but not final. Big Ten programs have been instructed by Commissioner Kevin Warren to essentially go light in practice tomorrow.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 10, 2020
So now we've gone full circle and we appear to be at "go harder than usual at practice," phase of the decision making.
Can this please be over? I would just like to move on with my life.
WAITING NOT SO PATIENTLY. If you think this whole process has been exhausting for you, imagine what it's been like for the players, who've had their season dangling in front of them for weeks without an official word from anyone about anything.
I don't know if it's refreshing or sad to know that the players have been in the exact same boat as us, constantly checking Twitter in a desperate search for news of some kind.
SACRIFICES MADE. Ohio State players are used to working their asses off to prepare for a season, but they've had to take the whole "dedicate your life to football" thing to a new level since the pandemic hit, as Shaun Wade reveals.
.@OhioStateFB CB @shaunwade24 told me This year was the year for us (to win the national championship), then talked about the sacrifices they made to hopefully have a season. https://t.co/sqtzuThXau pic.twitter.com/XShmnMpzUT— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) September 15, 2020
So basically, everybody – including the freshmen who were undoubtedly trying to adjust to just being in a strange new place – put everything about their lives that isn't football-rated on hold since March to be able to have a chance compete.
Here's hoping this wasn't in vain, and that we find out soon.
CHASE CHASES QUARTERBACKS. Turns out, Chase Young is still good at football even though he's now playing against professional people-movers instead of amateurs.
I love that we just get to do this regularly now. Remember when the world was shocked at Joey Bosa's immediate dominance? Then Sam Hubbards? Then his Nick Bosa's? I can't wait to see who's next!
SONG OF THE DAY. "B a noBody" by SOAK.
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